Just about a day before the major Hindu festival of Mahashivratri, Nasir Khan Janjua, Pakistan's National Security Adviser communicated to his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval that 10 terrorists had sneaked into the state of Gujarat to carry out terror strikes in the state.

Indian NSA unleashed every single resource at his disposal and first success was met 'somewhere in western India last Friday' as announced by the Indian security forces today after eliminating three of the 10 terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad. The hunt for the remaining seven is under way.

This is the first instance of Pakistan sharing such particular intelligence. And that is where it gets very interesting and intriguing as well. It is believed that the input was provided to prevent a possible tragedy which would have been detrimental to the bilateral relations, or even worse lead to war between the two N-powers. The truth is, of course, safe with those at the helm of affairs.

Cutting back to December 2003, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the Indian intelligence agency intercepted a phone call about an attempt to assassinate Pervez Musharraf, the then President of  Pakistan. An attempt was indeed made by breakaway Jaish operatives who detonated a bomb while the General was crossing the Nullah Lai outside Rawalpindi. It was followed by a note of thanks from Musharraf to the Vajpayee Government.

For better sense and sake of peace, it is hoped that the tacit understanding and co-operation between the two countries sees the light of day that too in endeavours meant for the betterment of people of the two countries.

The surprise visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Lahore December last was indeed a hospitable gesture which was well-received by his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, which sent positive vibes across the world. Now it is up to the bureaucrats of the two countries to carry the good work forward.
By: Tahir Qureshi/JPN


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